Describing the Verma Committee report as a "groundbreaking basis" for action against violence against women in India, the UN Human Rights chief Navi Pillay today asked the government to follow through on its vision and recommendations.
DMK chief M Karunanidhi said it was "laudable" that the Committee had ignored such demands.
"The Government of India will ensure that the culprits are brought to speedy justice," India's permanent representative to UN, Hardeep Singh Puri, said.
The report is a great first step — but there’s a lot more that needs to be done — by the political system.
Politicians can argue after other issues, but on violence against women, they must act as one.
The panel also commented on the "disputes relating to jurisdiction of the police over the area of crime" that leads to delay in taking cognizance.
Releasing the report, Justice Verma told a news conference that the Committee has not suggested death penalty for rapist because there was overwhelming suggestions from the women organisations against it.
The Home Secretary may have patted the Delhi police commissioner for his handling of the horrific gangrape on 16 December, but the Justice JS Verma committee had less than flattering words to describe the police's handling of the case.
The government expects comprehensive proposals and it would do whatever deemed fit to improve the judicial process to achieve the objective of dealing firmly with crime against women, Kumar told reporters.
The three-member committee was set up by the government to look into women’s safety, existing legislations and suggest changes to check crimes against women.
Gandhi said he wants to use Congress as an instrument for change in the country.
BJP President Nitin Gadkari sent the suggestions to Justice (retd) J S Justice Verma after some initial hiccups about presenting its views to the three-member panel.
The Union home minister said the police need to take responsibility to protect women after a meeting the country's DGPs and chief secretaries.
They don’t find satisfactory the slew of measures announced by the government in the wake of the brutal gangrape which shook the nation.
Even as its women's wing has come out in support of capital punishment for rapists, Congress' draft proposal has suggested life imprisonment and setting up of dedicated fast-track courts.
The Justice Verma committee will receive feedback till 5 January.
The Justice Verma committee, formed by the government to look into amendments for enhanced punishment in sexual offences of extreme nature against women, held its first meeting.